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Jamaica Continues To See More Airlifts For The Winter Season

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, is upbeat regarding airlift commitments for the 2020/21 Winter Season. In a speech in the House of Representatives recently, the Minister posited that the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is maintaining strong engagement with tour operators and airline companies to drive bookings for the winter. “In a strong show of confidence in Destination Jamaica, our airline partners […]

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Jamaica’s Prime Minister Charges That Rich Countries Are Hoarding COVID-19 Vaccines

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has accused rich nations of hoarding COVID-19 vaccines while poorer countries wait to get doses. Mr. Holness made the charge while speaking on Bloomberg QuickTake program recently. He said Jamaica might not receive vaccines until around April and rich countries have a false notion of security if they think by excluding other countries, they are safe. […]

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Jamaica Maintains Strong Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings

Standard and poor’s Global Ratings has affirmed the Government of Jamaica’s Long-Term Foreign and Local-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘B+’ with the outlook remaining negative. The agency considered the country’s economic and financial realities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the actions undertaken by the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) to mitigate the economic vagaries. The onset of the pandemic […]

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Jamaica’s Economy Shows 10% Decline

The Jamaican economy declined by more than 10 percent in the third quarter of 2020 when compared to the similar quarter of 2019.  The 10.7 per cent decline reported by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on Thursday is lower than the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s estimate last month of an eleven-point three percent contraction. STATIN said the downturn was […]

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Jamaica Moves To Correct Fall Out In Economy

In a report, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, noted that a substantial number of COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force recommendations are being implemented across government ministries. Prime Minister Andrew Holness had earlier appointed a 28-member task force to analyze Jamaica’s economic fallout resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and make recommendations for its recovery. […]

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How To Make Jamaican Christmas Cake

Over the years, Jamaica has developed a reputation as a hub for some of the best entertainment events in the Caribbean and top-quality local food. However, the celebration of Christmas is when all the stops are pulled out, and everybody has a ball. And integral to the celebration is the eating of Christmas cake, and this is how it’s baked: […]

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Jamaica’s Tourism Sector Expects 40% Increase In Winter Arrivals

According to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, there is a projection of a 40 percent increase in arrivals over the winter tourist season when compared to the preceding periods of massive downturn.   He told the House of Representatives that preliminary figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board indicate that between June and December, there were 317,701 passengers arrived in the island. The […]

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All Jamaican Households Set To Get Connected To The Internet By 2025

All Jamaican householders may soon boast Internet access to their homes. According to Technology Minister Daryl Vaz, this goal-driven program could be realized by 2025. He said under the National Broadband Initiative, the government will make access to the internet a public good. “More than 1500 kilometers of fiber optic cable will be laid to provide access to the last […]

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Former Superintendent Reneto DeCordova Adams Among 17 Officials Banned From U.S.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named six former members of a now disbanded Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) operational team, the Crime Management Unit (CMU), among 17 officials and family members of foreign governments who have been banned from that country for “gross violations of human rights”. In a release to mark World Human Rights Day yesterday, Pompeo said […]

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Copa Resumes Flights To Jamaica

Copa Airlines resumed service to Jamaica with a flight from Tocumen Airport in Panama City, Panama, arriving at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay with some 98 passengers and seven crew members on board, recently. It was the airline’s first flight to the island, following the closure of the country’s borders earlier this year as part of measures to […]